Go Fourth on the River
Every year on the Fourth of July there's a big celebration on the riverfront of New Orleans. It includes a spectacular fireworks display set off from two large barges in the middle of the Mississippi River and can be seen all along the Mississippi River from the Riverwalk to the French Market. The big display usually starts about 9 pm. You can also take a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez and enjoy the fireworks display from there.
If you want to take a later riverboat cruise try the Creole Queen.
The businesses along the riverfront have gotten together to help New Orleans celebrate Independence Day with aplomb. Shops, restaurants, hotels, and venues such as the Aquarium have combined to give away food, online coupons, and musical entertainment along with the beautiful fireworks on display over the river. Riverwalk Marketplace has re-opened, and Jax Brewery has shops and restaurants, including Pat O'Brien's on the River.
There is also lots of free music involved on stages set in Dutch Alley in the French Quarter, Woldenberg Park near the Aquarium of the Americas and in the Washington Artillery Park from 4-9 p.m. leading up to riverfront fireworks. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Parking and More
There's ample downtown parking in lots nearby. For parking, special events, discounts and other information go to this website.
There's always something fun going on at the French Market and the Fourth of July Weekend is no exception. There will be music, fun events for the family and great sights to see.
Don't Forget ESSENCE Fest
There's lots more happening over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. ESSENCE Music Festival happens every year with great performances, crafts, and seminars.